HAWKS REMAIN SECOND IN LATEST NTCA POLL
Feb. 11, 2013
NASHVILLE - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), winners of six of the eight events they have attended this season, still sit in second place in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll. The Hawks, coming off of their sixth first place finish of the season this past weekend at the DSU Capital Classic, earned six first place votes and tallied 716 points. They also won the Kutztown Invitational, the largest collegiate tournament in the nation, last month.
UMES trails Central Missouri who earned 17 of the 27 first-place votes cast and tallied 757 points. The Jennies, whom the Hawk defeated to win the Hawk Classic back in November, are coming off a second place finish at the Mid-Winter Classic and a sixth place finish in the Prairie View A&M Invitational; at the same event, UMES took second.
Nebraska moved up to third after they topped the Hawks in Texas. Previously sixth, the Huskers also won the Mid-Winter Classic. They earned three first-place votes and 695 points. Arkansas State, who led much of the Prairie View event and finished third, is in fourth place in the poll, up from seventh in the previous month. They also took third at the Mid-Winter Classic. The Red Wolves tallied 607 points.
Vanderbilt was fifth, falling two spots after a pair of fourth place finishes . Wisconsin-Whitewater continues its historic season, earning a program high sixth place, up from ninth. Fairleigh Dickinson fell to seventh from fifth while Sam Houston State, Adelphi, and St. Francis (Pa.) rounded out the top ten.
MEAC schools Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman held steady at 14 and 19 respectively while Delaware State reentered the poll in 20th. North Carolina A&T also received votes.
NTCA voters rank the top 20 teams on their ballot. Each position has a designated point value, ranging from 32 points for first place and one point for twentieth place. To be ranked teams need to equal or surpass the minimum vote criteria, which is one vote for every eight ballots submitted. In this poll, three votes were necessary. The actual ranking position is determined by using the adjusted point standings, which lists in priority order the total points a school has accumulated after the highest and lowest votes are dropped.